ARCADIA, Calif. (May 19, 2019)–Unbeaten now in four consecutive pairings with jockey Geovanni Franco, Bad Boy Racing’s Danuska’s My Girl blasted out of the gate and never looked back, taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes by a half-length over a determined Show It N Moe It. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Danuska’s My Girl, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Shackleford, got six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.12.
“She’s been improving every time I’ve gotten on her,” said Franco, who rode her for the first time in a three length allowance win going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 22. “Jerry said ‘You’re on the fastest horse, just get her out of the gate and she’ll do the rest. She’s got a big heart and she ran really good.”
Breaking from the number two post in a field reduced by scratches to three distaffers aged three and up, Danuska’s My Girl went head and head with Yuvetsi to the five sixteenths pole and then held sway through the lane over California-bred Show It N Moe It.
A 3 ¼ length winner in similar fashion of the Grade III, six furlong Las Flores Stakes on April 7, Danuska’s My Girl was off at 4-5 and paid $3.80 to win. (Win wagering only).
“Geovanni rides her really good, no question,” said Hollendorfer. “She’s been training really well and she’s put on a lot of weight. We have given her plenty of time between races and we think she’s doing well that way…We just hope to keep her going. We’re probably going to look at that race at Los Alamitos, the Great Lady M (Grade II, six furlongs on July 6).”
With her second consecutive graded stakes win in-hand, Danuska’s My Girl is now 14-5-2-4 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $258,810.
Trained by Gary Sherlock and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Show It N Moe It, a 4-year-old daughter of Grace Upon Grace, was off at 7-5 and finished 20 lengths in front of Yuvetsi.
Fractions on the race were 21.73, 45.10 and 57.42.
|Saturday, May 18|
BAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO CRUISES TO 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 LAZARO BARRERA STAKES; RIDDEN BY TALAMO, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.96
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2019)–Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Mucho Macho Man got seven furlongs in 1:22.96.
“He’s drawn the rail a lot and he’s still able to relax after he gets serious pressure,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Mucho Gusto in all of his races. “Today, he took two or three breathers around the turn and then he took off…After he broke his maiden (first time out at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20), I started working him a lot at Del Mar. He never acted like a 2-year-old, he acted like an older horse.”
Third going a mile and one eighth in the Grade III Sunland Derby March 24, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off as the 1-2 favorite in field of six sophomores and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.
Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto picked up his third graded stakes win and a check of $60,000, increasing his earnings to $370,800. With all of his wins coming in graded stakes, he now has an overall mark of 6-4-1-1.
Last after the first quarter mile, the Phil Oviedo-trained Manhattan Up finished with a flourish, touching Vantastic by a head for second money. Off at 5-1 with Tiago Pereira, Manhattan Up paid $4.80 and $2.80.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Oviedo, himself a native of Bisbee, Arizona. “It looked like speed was holding all day, so for him to finish up like he did was pretty impressive. I might run him around two turns before the meet is over.”
Vantastic, who sat a close third early, tried to pounce on the winner turning for home, but couldn’t match strides with him an eighth of a mile out. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Vantastic, who finished 3 ½ lengths in front of second choice Sparky Ville, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.41, 45.58 and 1:10.40.
HOLLY HUNDY RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER DESORMEAUX; TRAINED BY CERIN, SHE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 56.90
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2019)–A sharp maiden victress when attentive to the pace going five furlongs on turf April 21, Holly and David Wilson’s Holly Hundy launched an impressive bid from off the pace today in taking Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¾ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 3-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True got today’s five furlongs on grass in 56.90.
“The best horse usually wins on grass, but not by two or three lengths,” said Cerin. “Kent says she relaxes real nice, so we’ll see how she does going two turns.”
Off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of eight sophomore fillies, Holly Hundy, who is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Cryptos’ Best, paid $6.80, $4.00 and $3.60.
An attentive sixth midway around the turn, Holly Hundy wheeled four-deep turning for home and appeared much the best under confident handling.
“There were about four of them that were pretty aggressive, so I said, ‘See ya’ll later, I hope,” said Desormeaux, who notched his second win on the day. “She’ll definitely go two turns. She relaxes like an all-star.”
With the winner’s share of $40,200, Holly Hundy doubled her earnings to $80,300 as she rang up her second win from five starts.
In a three-way fight for the minors, French-bred Cavernndchipmunks proved extra game, prevailing by a half length over Devils Dance. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Cavernndchipmunks was off at 10-1 and paid $8.80 and $5.20.
Devils Dance, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 9-1 and paid $4.80 to show while finishing one length in front of Irish-bred Muthhila.
Velvet Queen the 7-5 favorite with Tiago Pereira up, never threatened from off the pace and finished sixth.
Fractions on the race were 21.28 and 45.16.
|Saturday, May 18|
|Race 1||Claiming – $40,000||$46,000|
|Race 2||Maiden Claiming – $25,000||$32,000|
|Race 3||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$67,000|
|Race 4||Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000||$43,000|
|Race 5||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$67,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Special Weight||$65,000|
|Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000||$67,000|
|Race 8||Lazaro Barrera S.||$100,000|
|Race 9||Maiden Claiming – $30,000||$34,000|
|Race 10||Maiden Special Weight||$65,000|
CORDIALITY CONTROLS TEMPO AND TAKES $100,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER TALAMO; TRAINED BY YAKTEEN, SHE GETS ONE MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.70
RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2019)–Breaking from the rail, trainer Tim Yakteen’s Cordiality made an easy lead and proceeded to take eight pursuers on a merry chase en route to registering a 1 ¼ length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo and owned by Donnie Crevier, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Papa Clem got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.70.
“When I got back, I was surprised to see those fast fractions,” said Talamo. “Her ears were up and she was doing it so easy. The plan going in was to sit second, third or fourth, but when nobody went, we inherited the lead by accident. When the four (runner-up Queen Bee to You) came to her, I got a little concerned, but when I asked her turning for home, she kicked on and was very impressive.”
Most recently fifth, beaten seven lengths in the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes at one mile on turf here April 6, Cordiality, who is out of the Unusual Heat mare Warmth, was off as the 5-2 second choice in the field of nine California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $7.00, $4.40 and $3.20.
“We had a plan for her when we claimed her (two starts back for $62,500 on Feb. 18), we just didn’t have a prep race,” said Yakteen. “So that’s why we had to run against those tough mares in her last race, but it worked out well for us.
“The 46 and two (fifths, for a half mile) didn’t concern me, but when she didn’t kick away at the quarter pole, I thought they were going to swamp her…But she showed her heart and determination, she’s a gritty mare.”
With the winner’s share of $60,000, Cordiality boosted her earnings to $502,835. A winner of last year’s Fran’s Valentine when trained by Mark Glatt, she now has three lifetime stakes wins, all versus state-breds and an overall mark of 29-10-7-3.
Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, Queen Bee to You, who was scratched out yesterday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes, pursued the winner throughout and kept to her task in game fashion late, holding second by 1 ¼ lengths over Pulpit Rider.
Off at 14-1, Queen Bee to You paid $10.20 and $5.40.
Pulpit Rider, who had one horse beat going into the Club House turn, finished up well to be third by 1 ½ lengths over 9-5 favorite Gypsy Blu. Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Pulpit Rider was off at 5-1 and paid $3.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.62, 46.16, 1:10.35 and 1:22.38.
Named for the late Earl Schieb’s multiple graded stakes winning homebred daughter of Saros, the Fran’s Valentine is part of the lucrative Golden State Series which is sponsored by the CTBA.